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Readers should be aware that this Special Covid Issue was not a planned or promoted issue but has been published as a direct result of authors submitting articles on the topic. In fact, some 17 articles were submitted with 13 articles being published. This represents articles predominantly from Asia Pacific countries, some eleven countries that reflect both the authors origin and the health system of the country on which they report.
The decision to publish what amounts to a third issue half way through our normal three issue annual series responds to that demand and a sense that the APJHM should respond to our authors and readers in what is a significant moment in health systems globally. The Journal believes it is important to record the pandemic event as perceived by academics and health professionals so that their voices are heard and that this might provide a basis for further research and publication as events unfurl and the pandemic continues.....